New Discovery – Mutual Benefit


I listened to ‘Love’s Crushing Diamond‘ by New York psych-folk-types, Mutual Benefit, for the first time today. The album originally surfaced early last month on Bandcamp, along with plans to self release it on cassette and then as a run of just 250 copies on vinyl via the label Soft Eyes.

However, after some great press (including being named “Best New Music” by Pitchfork, along with a “Band to Watch” feature on Stereogum), it became apparent the album should be give a much wider release.

Step in, So Other Music Recording Co. – who have announced plans to reissue the album ‘properly’ on the 3rd December in the US and a month later (on the 13th January) in the UK.

All that said it’s available digitally for £4.99 right now on Amazon if you fancy a copy (click here).

Described by their PR as, “the sound of everything making sense, if just for a second. It is the magic of ordinary moments”, Love’s Crushing Diamond consists of seven beautifully luscious song-suites and conjures up the kind of delicate delights acts like Sufjan Stevens, Devendra Banhart, Youth Lagoon and Mercury Rev have shimmied around in the past.

Led by Jordan Lee the “band” rotate between being a one-man-band or a “sprawling collective”, depending on who’s about. Their songs (which also include numerous EPs) are billed as, “an instantly engaging blend of high and low fidelity, mixing lush studio productions, featuring keys, guitar, violin and banjo, with clattering homemade percussion and found sounds.” Which to be fair to whoever conjured up that description is pretty much ‘on the money’.

Check out a Live Session version of one of Love’s Crushing Diamond‘s tracks, Advanced Falconry below:

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